Saturday , February 24 2024
No way around it. This is gonna' be a short column.

New Album Releases 11/04/08: Q-Tip, Brad Paisley, Peter Brötzmann, Lou Reed, Travis, ZZ Top

Maybe it’s because the labels decided to hold back on the big guns knowing that the election probably means smaller crowds than usual at the record store. Whatever the reason, there is no way to sugarcoat the fact that this week’s lineup of new releases is a likely frontrunner for weakest we’ve seen this year.

No way around it. This is gonna’ be a short column.

Brad Paisley is probably the strongest contender of the lot to make any kind of impact on this year’s holiday sales chart. The country guitarist extraordinaire sticks to what he does best on his new one, which is appropriately titled Play. This is an instrumental album which allows Paisley to show off his considerable chops on both solo and duet performances with people like B.B. King, Keith Urban, and Steve Wariner.

Q-Tip makes his return to the record store with The Renaissance, which is the first album in nearly a decade from the celebrated hip-hop producer and founding member of A Tribe Called Quest.

Lou Reed’s Berlin: Live at St. Ann’s Warehouse is the CD companion piece to his concert DVD where Reed performs the Berlin album live for the first time in 30 years. Travis’ new album Ode to J. Smith is reportedly the result of a whirlwind recording session which finds the Brit-popsters sounding edgier.

ZZ Top are, well ZZ Top on Live from Texas, which is also the companion to a live DVD. This week’s holiday greetings are brought to you by Harry Connick Jr. and Sarah Brightman.

Before we turn you over to Mark Saleski, NAR reminds you that if you aren’t going to be in the record store, make sure you at least go vote.

Saleski’s Choice: Peter Brötzmann – The Brain of the Dog in Section

Here’s what I know: this is saxophonist Peter Brötzmann with cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm. It was recorded in an “industrial urban warehouse district.” It’s on the Atavistic label (read: not easy listening).

Brötzmann scares me. He claims to be playing a saxophone but half the time it comes out sounding like a flame cutting machine gone wrong. You should be scared too.

This will in no way sound like Kenny G with Yo-Yo Ma.

Here are all of this week’s new album releases courtesy of All Music Guide:

Trying Hartz
Secretly Canadian
Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Take It to the Limit
Universal Republic

Indie Rock, Neo-Psychedelia, Experimental Rock

Brad Paisley
Play: The Guitar Album
Arista Nashville/Sony BMG Nas
Neo-Traditionalist Country, Instrumental Country, Contemporary Country, Guitar Virtuoso

The Renaissance
Universal Motown
East Coast Rap, Alternative Rap, Hip-Hop

Drew Andrews
Only Mirrors
Minty Fresh
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Rock

Nicholas Angelich
Brahms: Piano Quartets Nos. 1-3
Virgin Classics
Romantic Chamber Music

Sarah Brightman
A Winter Symphony
Holiday, Adult Contemporary, Christmas

Peter Brötzmann
The Brain of the Dog in Section
Free Improvisation, Modern Free

Dennis Brown
The Best of Dennis Brown: The Niney Years
Roots Reggae, Smooth Reggae, Lovers Rock

Jackson Browne
Solo Acoustic, Vol. 1 & 2

Willie Clayton
Soul and Blues
Retro-Soul, Soul-Blues, Deep Soul, Southern Soul, Soul, Chicago Blues, Chicago Soul

Harry Connick, Jr.
What a Night! A Christmas Album
Traditional Pop

The Corporation
Get on Our Swing/Hassles in My Mind
Big Beat
Psychedelic Pop

Rodney Dangerfield
Greatest Bits
Shout! Factory
Standup Comedy

Pascal Devoyon
Grieg, Schumann: Piano Concertos
Romantic and Post-Romantic Music for Piano and Orchestra

Club/Dance, Pop

Grampall Jookabox
Asthmatic Kitty
Experimental Rock, Indie Rock

Heather Harper
Richard Strauss: Four Last Songs; Songs with Orchestra
Post-Romantic Vocal Music

First Rodeo
Ironworks/Universal Republic
Alternative Country, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Crossover Jazz

Frida Hyvönen
Silence Is Wild
Secretly Canadian
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Rock

Johann Johannsson
Sound Art, Electronic, Indie Electronic, Ambient Pop

Johnny Johnson & the Bandwagon
Breakin’ Down the Walls of Heartache: The Best of 1968-1975
Kent UK

The Lines
Flood Bank

Little Joy
Little Joy
Rough Trade
Indie Pop

Little Willie John
Nineteen Sixty Six: The Axelrod and H.B. Barnum Recordings
Kent UK
Early R&B, Urban Blues, Soul

The Lucksmiths
First Frost
Indie Pop

Klaus Nomi
Za Bakdaz: The Unfinished Opera
Alternative Dance, Euro-Pop, New Wave, Dance-Pop, Synth Pop

Leonard Slatkin
Leroy Anderson: Sleigh Ride and Other Holiday Favorites
Orchestral Christmas Music

Tippett Quartet
Tippett: String Quartets, Vol. 1
Modern Chamber Music

Original Soundtrack
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Soundtracks, Film Music, Pop/Rock

Original Soundtrack
Neo-Soul, Soundtracks, Soul

Original Soundtrack
Twilight [Original Soundtrack]
Summit Ent/Chop Shop/Atlantic
Emo, Pop, Soundtracks, Alternative Pop/Rock, Punk-Pop

Randy Owen
One on One
Broken Bow
Contemporary Country, Country-Pop

Cale Parks
Post-Rock/Experimental, Experimental Rock, Indie Rock

Lou Reed
Berlin: Live at St. Ann’s Warehouse
Proto-Punk, Singer/Songwriter, Album Rock, Rock & Roll

Shiny Toy Guns
Season of Poison
Universal Motown
New Wave/Post-Punk Revival, Goth Metal, Alternative Pop/Rock

Mavis Staples
Live: Hope at the Hideout
Spirituals, Traditional Gospel, Black Gospel, Soul

Cat Stevens
Tea for the Tillerman [Deluxe Edition]
Pop/Rock, Folk-Rock, Soft Rock, Album Rock

Cat Stevens
Teaser and the Firecat [Deluxe Edition]
Album Rock, Pop/Rock, Soft Rock, Singer/Songwriter

Stiff Little Fingers
Live and Loud/Fly the Flags
Punk, British Punk

The Best Yet
Alternative CCM, Post-Grunge, Alternative Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Illbient, Ambient Techno, Club/Dance

Ode to J. Smith
Red Phone Box
British Trad Rock, Britpop

Various Artists
Break-A-Way: The Songs of Jackie DeShannon
Ace UK
Brill Building Pop, Folk-Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Early Pop/Rock, Sunshine Pop, Folk-Pop

Various Artists
J&S Harlem Soul
Kent UK

Various Artists
Malt Shop Memories: Dancing in the Street
Time Life
AM Pop, Teen Idol, Girl Group, Early Pop/Rock, Rock & Roll

Various Artists
SuperFunk, Vol. 6: The Mighty SuperFunk – Rare 45s and Undiscovered Masters 1967-1978
Beat Goes Public

Various Artists
Titan: It’s All Pop!
Power Pop

Wild Beasts
Limbo, Panto [Bonus Tracks]
Indie Rock

Indie Rock

James Yorkston
When the Haar Rolls In [#1]
Alternative Folk, British Folk-Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Progressive Folk, Contemporary Folk, Folk-Rock

ZZ Top
Live from Texas
Boogie Rock, Hard Rock, Blues-Rock

About Glen Boyd

Glen Boyd is the author of Neil Young FAQ, released in May 2012 by Backbeat Books/Hal Leonard Publishing. He is a former BC Music Editor and current contributor, whose work has also appeared in SPIN, Ultimate Classic Rock, The Rocket, The Source and other publications. You can read more of Glen's work at the official Neil Young FAQ site. Follow Glen on Twitter and on Facebook.

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